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News came out last week that taxpayer-funded and woefully misnamed Wildlife Services killed five wild wolves in central Idaho for alleged livestock depredation—another in a long line of such wolf-killing actions by this secretive government agency.

Wildlife Services, which Congressman Peter DeFazio calls “one of the most opaque and least accountable agencies” in the […]

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UPDATE 10/17/2014: Due to a request by Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the comment period has been extended until Midnight Mountain Time, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014. 

The BLM is asking for comments on an Environmental Assessment that examines the impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct a predator killing contest on […]

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Increase in State-permitted Fur Trapping Leads to Illegal Trapping of Wild Cat

BOISE, Idaho— Three conservation groups initiated a lawsuit today against the Governor of Idaho and other state officials to halt trapping that illegally kills one of the rarest cats in the United States, the Canada lynx. The Center for Biological Diversity, […]

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Some of the checkerboard landscape(s) across the western US can be attributed to the Congressional land grants made to the railroad barons in the 1800’s. While some lands were eventually developed for railroads, others never were. Unfortunately, instead of these unused lands being returned to the public domain, some were sold off to timber barons, […]

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The proponents’ expressed intent is for the Wolf Control Board to reduce the Idaho wolf population to 150 wolves.
See update at bottom

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise on Governor Otter’s “Wolf Control Board” bill HB470 which establishes a board which would composed solely […]

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Early wildfire starts in central Idaho bode for fire until October-

Stanley, ID.  Forest fire season in Idaho used to be August and September with many years with no forest fires of note. Now the fires begin in mid-July and burn until mid-October. Like last year, fires have already broken out, such as the Road […]

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On the mornings of Monday and Tuesday I attended the hearing in the House State Affairs Committee on HCR 21 and HCR 22. Testimony on the resolutions was interrupted when testimony for two other bills went longer than expected and the committee members were scheduled to be in the House chambers. The two resolutions involve […]

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While Idaho taxpayers are facing budget cuts to public education and health care, ranchers are busy writing self-serving bills to provide money for “studies” that will paper over destructive impacts of livestock grazing on sage grouse.

Last year saw thousands of people marching on the grounds of the Idaho Capital in Boise. People were marching […]

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A classic kind of grizzly/hunter interaction near Island Park, Idaho-

About a week ago, a lucky (or unlucky?) hunter survived a bite from a grizzly that had taken the hunter’s elk. A Michigan archery hunter and his friend who had hunted the area numerous times before wounded a bull elk about 15 miles west of […]

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Halstead Fire threatens all the Salmon River Mountains NE and East of Stanley-
Trinity Ridge Fire’s advance prompts immediate full evacuation of Featherville area- 

Air quality in Idaho right now is the worst in a generation in many places, and we’re not even speaking of places immediate to the fires.

Three fires in particular […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey